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Robert Coran Capshaw is the manager of Dave Matthews Band, Phish, Lady Antebellum, Trey Anastasio and Chris Stapleton among others. He also is the founder of Red Light Management, co-founder of ATO Records, former CEO of Musictoday LLC, and a real estate mogul in Charlottesville, Virginia. His early management model adopted emerging technologies, which, combined with tried and true music industry management techniques, have placed him at the top of the industry.
Capshaw got his start as a music manager in the early 1990s when he was the owner of a bar in Charlottesville, VA called "Trax". In 1992, he gave the Dave Matthews Band their first weekly gig (which lasted from 1992 to 1993). From there, he began managing Dave Matthews Band and helped launch their career, bringing them from local bar band to international fame.
Capshaw has won the Pollstar Magazine's "Manager of the Year" award four times in 2010, 2003, 1998 and 2018. He has been nominated for the award seventeen times in 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018.In 2017, Capshaw was the recipient of the City of Hope Spirit of Life Award.
In 2011, Capshaw became the first artist manager to receive Billboard’s Humanitarian Award in recognition of his commitment to local, national, and international community efforts and philanthropy.Capshaw was also named "International Manager of The Year" by the Music Managers Forum Roll of Honour in 2007.
In 2005, The Charlottesville Pavilion, a $3.5 million joint endeavor between the city of Charlottesville and Capshaw opened on the downtown mall. The pavilion serves multiple uses in the community including hosting the Fridays After Five free concert series. Since opening the Pavilion has been renamed the Sprint Pavilion. The Pavilion has hosted concerts by Earth Wind and Fire, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Chris Stapleton, Alabama Shakes, Beck, Jack White, Alanis Morissette, The Smashing Pumpkins, Snoop Dogg, Loretta Lynn, Arcade Fire, The Avett Brothers, and Trey Anastasio among others. In addition to concerts, the Pavilion has hosted appearances by Barack Obama, the Dalai Lama, and Bruce Springsteen.
Capshaw owns the historic Jefferson Theater in downtown Charlottesville, and oversaw an intensive renovation beginning in 2006. The Jefferson Theater reopened on November 27, 2009 after a comprehensive restoration that highlights the theater's vintage architecture while modernizing its facilities. The Jefferson Theater was established in 1912 as a live performance theater that played host to silent movies, vaudeville acts and a historic list of live performers, ranging from Harry Houdini to The Three Stooges.
Capshaw has been heavily involved in real estate development in the Charlottesville area, to both the delight and dismay of local citizens; the addition of the Charlottesville Pavilion and the ongoing plans to add a nine story building near the Downtown Mall have garnered complaints from Charlottesville natives. Capshaw also owns restaurants on the Downtown Mall such as Mono Loco and Ten. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia.
Capshaw also founded sister company Starr Hill Presents to promote live music on a regional and national level. The company has an equity position in large-scale music festivals including the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Outside Lands, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Wanderlust Festival and the In Bloom Music Festival.
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